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Granville set to ring in Independence Day

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BUTNER Lake Holt in Butner on Wednesday will be the site for one of the most highly anticipated local events of the year. Hundreds will gather for fun, fellowship and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The event will be put on by the city of Creedmoor and town of Butner, along with support from Granville County, town of Stem, and the city of Oxford.

“I would like to encourage our citizens to come out and celebrate our great country’s 243 birthday,” Stem Mayor Casey Dover said. “The fireworks at Lake Holt are a great show as well as a good opportunity to see friends and neighbors. From the town of Stem, we hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

Gates will open at 6 p.m. for the event at Lake Holt, which is located off Old NC 75. Due to safety concerns, everyone who plans to attend must be through the gates by 8:45 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at dark, and vehicles will not be able to leave until the show is over. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring a flashlight to assist them in the walk back to their car after the show.

Parking and security will be organized by officers of Butner Public Safety, Creedmoor and Oxford police departments, the Granville County Sheriff’s Department, Creedmoor and Stem fire departments, and the Junior Volunteer Fire Department.

There will be concession stand offerings including: barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, soft drinks and shaved ice. A DJ will be present spinning favorite tunes to give attendees the chance to show off their best dance moves.

Alcoholic beverages and open flames will not be permitted on-site, and event organizers are requesting all pets be left at home due to the loud nature of fireworks.

There is no rain date for the event.

“I wish to encourage everyone to come out to Lake Holt and have a good time at our Independence Day celebration,” Butner Mayor Terry Turner said. “There is no better way to appreciate America’s 243rd birthday than to take part in a live brilliant firework display. As the heat of the day dissipates people can relax and enjoy an evening of fun, music, food and great fireworks.”

On Thursday, the Creedmoor Lions Club will host the annual Fourth of July picnic and cake baking contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Rogers in Creedmoor.

Free hot dogs with all the trimmings will be offered, and there will be cold drinks, watermelon slices and live music featuring Flatbed Bluegrass Band. The cake contest judging will begin at 1 p.m.

For more information about the picnic, contact Lynwood Hicks at 919-793-3172.